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November 18, 2012

HOPKINS: Some civility is in order for the U.S.

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I’m curious to see how people in the United States react to politics over the next four years. If the last two years are any indication, the great divide many of us have allowed to be driven between us will grow even wider. It could get to the point where we may never be truly unified for any cause again; there is very little civility left in this country.

The amount of money spent for mostly negative political campaign ads was disgusting; it ran into the billions. Billions of dollars for mud-slinging, truth-defying PAC — and candidate approved — ads that did nothing to address some real, serious issues that are affecting this country. Both sides were guilty.

Think of how much good could have been done with that money had the donors chosen to give to their favorite charity. Instead, it was used to dumb-down the American populace. And many people bought into it

What we were left with over the last few weeks of the election cycle was what I call a “sandbox mentality.” Many people sank to the level of bratty three-year-olds who don’t want to share the sandbox. They end up throwing sand, toys and whatever else they can at each other until a weary parent separates them, kicking and screaming.

I watched it happen on Facebook, and it got to the point where I only clicked on my personal page because I couldn’t stand to read some of the things that were being said. In this job I deal with politics on a daily basis and I like to use Facebook as an escape; to see what old friends are up to. Instead I faced a barrage of “If you vote for this person, you’re a @*&$%#!” and “all the other side does is lie! How low will they go?”

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